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December 25, 2009
Jimmy Carter's Fake Apology
Once the Camp David accords fell into Jimmy Carter's lap (Begin and Sadat brought Carter into the negotiations), the Peanut President turned against the Jews and the Jewish State.
Carter has spent his post-Camp David life demonizing Israel and bashing the Jewish people and excusing Palestinian terrorism, the worst of which was seen in his 21st book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. In this book Carter allows his anti-Israel ideology get in the way of facts. It contains serious errors of both commission and omission. To suit his goals, he manipulates information, redefines facts, and exaggerates conclusions. He describes Israelis as racists and war-mongering aggressors; Hamas as moderates forced to commits acts of terror, and American Jews as manipulators of American Foreign Policy.
Here's just one example his Jewish stereotyping from that book:
In English, Carter is using that ugly old anti-Semitic stereotype that the Jews control the media, Congress, and the U.S. Foreign policy.
Now Carter wants to put that all behind him. He wants to apologize to the Jews for slandering Israel for the better part of thirty years.
Jimmy Carter asked the Jewish community for forgiveness for any stigma he may have caused Israel. In a letter released exclusively to JTA, the former US president sent a seasonal message wishing for peace between Israel and its neighbors, and concluded:
Abe Foxman, Democratic Party activist and head of the ADL rushed to absolve Carter:
Sorry Jimmy, Sorry Abe, I do not yet forgive Jimmy Carter. I know the Rabbis teach us that we do not curse bad people, we are supposed to pray that they see the error of their ways and do "teshuvah" which means to apologize and change the way they lead their lives. But Carter has a very long way to go in the "teshuvah" scale.
Jimmy Carter not offered a true apology. He says he is sorry that his statements have ostracized Israel; Carter is only concerned with the effect of his statements. He ignores the content of his statements, the exaggerating the truth supporting terrorism and use of Anti-Semitic stereotypes. Let's face it; we are talking about a man that hates the Jewish people so much that he rejected someone for employment at the US Holocaust Museum because his name sounded too Jewish.
There is an old Hasidic tale which illustrates the effect of what Jimmy Carter has spent a generation doing, on the Jewish people.
A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends. The rabbi told the man, "Take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the winds." The man thought this was a strange request, but it was a simple enough task, and he did it gladly. When he returned to tell the rabbi that he had scattered the feathers, the rabbi said, "Now, go and gather the feathers. Because you can no more make amends for the damage your words have done than you can recollect the feathers."
Mister Carter, first do TRUE teshuva apologize for all of your acts against the Jewish people, than go collect all of the "feathers," after that, well maybe, we can talk.
Sammy Benoit is Editor of the Political Blog The Lid